- Museum number
Gold brooch-pendant with a reversed crystal intaglio of a tiger's head with a gold setting incorporating four tiger's claws and with an applied gold trade label on the reverse. Image below.
- Production date
- 1870 (circa)
Width: 7.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from the catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no. 825:
As the mark JM is a trade label, it has not been possible to identify these initials with certainty; there were three gold-workers bearing these initials who were active in London during the second half of the nineteenth century, having entered their marks between 1856 and 1865; James Money, John Meyer and John Monteith. The mark may alternatively have been used by a jeweller working outside London, or possibly an English jeweller working in India. The tiger's head may be a portrait of the animal whose claws are incorporated. (Charlotte Gere).
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 205 A & B, p.246. Caption: ‘Tiger-claw brooch-pendant with reversed crystal intaglio portrait of a tiger surrounded by claws. English, about 1870. . . . This jewel, with a portrait perhaps of the tiger whose claws are incorporated, may have been made as a genuine souvenir of big-game hunting. But the survival of so many tiger-claw jewels suggests that they had become fashionable curiosities, with perhaps a vestige of their amuletic significance in Indian myth’
For an extensive discussion of tiger claw jewellery and its amuletic and cultural significance, see: C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, pp. 245-7. (Charlotte Gere)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 11 May-14 Aug, London, British Museum (G90), 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.450 (masterlist number)